[Coladam] Coladam Digest, Vol 54, Issue 2

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Back in 1982 it cost are family around  $200 for the Colecovision. In 1983 it cost are family around $600 for the Expansion Module #3 that turned the Colecovision into an ADAM computer ($800 total price paid). After Coleco stopped making the ADAM in 1985, around the year 1986 standalone Adam computers were being cleared out at discount retail stores for around $200 for a brand new model, but the disk drives were still being sold for $200 or more.   <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
            The first 160K Coleco disk drives that came out in 1984 cost $200 for a brand new model. Once and a while back in the late 80's one could find a used and working Coleco disk drive for $99 but that was very rare. It is unrealistic to even find a broken Coleco disk drive for only $35 (It's hard to even find a working digital data drive for $35). In the late 80's when Mico Innovations came out with a 5 1/4" 320K disk drive and 3.5 inch 1.44MB disk drive for the Coleco ADAM they were priced in the $200-$300 range. The Micro Innovations design quality was better then the Coleco Adam drive. Used working Coleco disk drives are going for around $200 on EBAY and a Micro Innovations 3.5 inch 1.44MB Disk Drive sometimes goes for around $500 on EBAY.    
The problem is there was only a very limited amount of Coleco disk drives and Micro Innovations disk drives made. Most people that purchased the ADAM in 1982-1985 did not want to spend the money on a disk drive. Does anyone have the exact numbers of drives that were made? It might be only 10%-25% of the amount of ADAM's that were made. 
            A 1.44MB 3.5 inch USB floppy drive can be purchased for around $35 (Sometimes under $20). Hopefully in the future someone will make a USB AdamNet interface for around $100 or less that will allow people to connect up to two USB floppy drives. The 1.44MB and 720K 3.5 inch format are official third party formats that is supported with software like Filemanger and others.        

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  1. Fw: Anyone have a spare ADAM 5 1/4 Disk Drive? (Joe Blenkle)


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Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 08:50:31 -0800
From: "Joe Blenkle" <jblenkle at sacnews.net>
Subject: [Coladam] Fw: Anyone have a spare ADAM 5 1/4 Disk Drive?
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Forwarded from my web page....please respond to: jeremysart at yahoo.com


Joe Blenkle

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Jeramie Griffor 
To: Joe Blenkle 
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 8:42 AM
Subject: Anyone have a spare ADAM 5 1/4 Disk Drive?

     I have had my Adam for so long, and have always wanted the 5 1/4 drive to go along with it.
     I can never find them, and when I do get a tip off, they want somewhere between $80 and $160! That is most double what I paid for my Adam.

     If anyone has a drive, working or broken (preferably working) and would be willing to send it out anywhere between the cost of shipping to $35 let me know.

     Or if you live in Michigan and would like to show me how to get more use out of the Adam with certain programs, public domain disks, or installing an old IDE hard drive or something that could be fun to get together on and bs about the classics.


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